Blackfoot Crossing: A Novel of Early Canada

Blackfoot Crossing: A Novel of Early Canada

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It is 1873 on the Canadian prairies and there is an uneasy peace between the Sioux, the Cree, and the Blackfoot Confederacy. Young Tahnea, a “half-breed” raised by a bitter Dacotah mother and a violent and unpredictable fur trader who is not her father, finds herself alone in the world when her mother dies. Eager to make her own way, she rejoins her Dacotah family and embarks on a plan to avenge herself on the man who abused her and get her family the guns they need to defend themselves against their enemies.

But when she is betrayed by a man she knew she should never have trusted she must find help in the most unlikely places: from Jerry Potts, a Metis trader, translator, and guide; from Sikimi, intense, unpredictable, compelling, and a war chief of the Sioux who have only just begun to negotiate peace with her people; and from Crowfoot, chief of the Blackfoot Confederacy, a man who, more than anything, wants what is best for his people. Meanwhile around her the buffalo are dying, political tensions are rising between the bands, the white settlers, and the Metis, and everything is changing.

Swept along by the tides of war and peace, politics and violence can Tahnea find a place to belong?

Author Norma Sluman tells the story of Crowfoot and the people who lived in Saskatchewan and Alberta during the “winning” of the Canadian North-West with depth, empathy, and honesty. This is both a love story and a dispassionate look at a part of Canadian history which has often been ignored or obscured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775254003
Publisher: Historical Fiction
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

The late author, Norma Sluman was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her involvement with Canadian Aboriginal issues began when she moved to Calgary with her husband Ken and the first of three children, daughter Marnie. While living in the three prairie provinces, Norma's burning ambition to write influenced the kind of writing she wanted to do. She studied Canadian history, the prairie Indigenous bands, modern writers and their works.

Norma's family, including second daughter Shirley, born in Calgary, moved back to Toronto where son Kenneth Jr., was born. Norma settled down to arrange masses of research materials into her first historical fiction novel, Blackfoot Crossing, followed by her second novel, Poundmaker, both published by Ryerson Press.

Moving again from Toronto to Winnipeg, Norma met Jean Cuthand Goodwill, while working at the Winnipeg Friendship Centre. They became lifetime friends. Over the period of six years, Norma and Jean set about to co-write John Tootoosis, a Biography of a Cree Leader. John Tootoosis was Jean's father and his history was taped in Cree - Jean translated, and Norma wrote. First published by Golden Dog Press; three reprints were published by Pemmican Publications, Inc.

Marnie Sluman Somers, daughter of Norma Sluman, is the editor and publisher of The Amulet. Marnie inherited the unpublished manuscript of The Amulet from her late mother. Finally heeding its persistent cry for publication, she has kept the story intact while editing the style for today's historical fiction market. Her passion is to continue her mother's work, to tell the stories of the past so we can understand where we've come from and build a better, more compassionate, future.

Marnie became a full-time freelance writer in 1997, creating news releases, articles, and marketing content for the agricultural industry. Her writing has been published in agricultural magazines, newspapers, and websites across North America. She lives on an acreage near Carberry, Manitoba with her life and business partner Wilf.

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